Ho Chi Minh Travel Guide

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh- is the largest city in Vietnam and also is the national hub of commerce, technology science research and culture. This place locates many entertainment places, eco-tourism destinations, and great historical and cultural sites.

The best time to travel to Ho Chi Minh

The best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City is dry season from December and April

How to get to Ho Chi Minh

By Air

Tan Son Nhat - is Vietnam's largest international airport and located 6 km north of the center of Ho Chi Minh City. Each day servers many domestic and international flights

By bus

If you take a bus into Ho Chi Minh City, you will end up at one of the following bus stations:

  • Cho Ben Thanh Bus Station
  • Mien Dong Bus Station
  • Mien Tay Bus Station
  • Cholon Bus Station
  • Dinh Bo Linh station

By train: Thong Nhat express train connects Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, via many provinces in Vietnam

Saigon Train Station located in 01 Nguyen Thong, Ho Chi Minh

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh

  • Reunification Palace: one of the most famous pictures depicting the Reunification Palace which has seen a rich and varied history and once served as the base of the US-backed Vietnamese General Ngo Dinh Diem during the Vietnam War

Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street

Open daily 7:30AM-11:00AM, 1PM-4PM

Entrance fee: VND 30,000

  • War Remnants Museum: known as the “Museum of American War crime “and recognized to be one of 61 “museums for peace” by the United Nations.

Address: 28 VO Van Tan Street

Open daily 7:30AM-12PM, 1:30PM-5PM, last admission 4:30PM

Entrance fee: VND 15,000

  • Museum of Vietnamese History: built in 1929 and was called "Musée Blanchard de la Bosse" and portray Vietnam’s history from ancient times up to the 1930s.

Address: Nguyen Binh Khiem, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Opening Times: Tue-Sun 08:00am-11:30am and 13:30pm -17:00pm

Entrance fee:

  • Saigon Skydeck: is the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City at a height of 262m (860ft) and Inspired by the shape of a lotus bud

Address: 36 Ho Tung Mau, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Opening Times: Daily 09:30am-21:30pm (last entry 2045)

Entrance fee: VND 200.000 ~ $ 10/ per person

Opening Times: Daily 5:30am-17:00pm

Address: 1 Cong Xa Paris, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Entrance fee: Free

  • Sai Gon Post Office: built in the late 19th century in a European style

Address: 2 Cong Xa Paris, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Opening Times: Mon-Fri 07:00am-19:00pm; Sat-Sun 07:30am-18:00pm     

Entrance fee: Free

  • Cu Chi Tunnel: 70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City.This is complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam war with more than 200 km of tunnels

  •  Ho Chi Minh Museum: is the first largest trading harbor of Saigon in 1862 and relate to Vietnam’s modern history.

Opening day:  daily except on Monday from 8Am-11.30Am and 1.30PM to 5 PM

Address: Located near the end of Nguyen Hue streets and close to Bach Dang tourists Wharf.

Entrance fee: VND 10,000~ $ 0.5

Address: Located in Lam Son Square, District 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Opening day: Variety

Entrance fee: Free

  • Experience with Saigon nightlife like bars and clubs
  • Go shopping in Ho Chi Minh: Ben Thanh Market, Binh Tay Market, etc

What to eat in Ho Chi Minh

Banh Mi- Sai Gon ‘s baguette: consist of bread with pork, salted butter, dipping it in milk, covering it with butter or eating with fried eggs

  • Bánh mỳ Như Lan in Hàm Nghi street or Bánh mỳ Huỳnh Hoa in Lê Thị Riêng street should be your best restaurant to taste Banh Mi
  • Price: VND 20.000-30.000

Pho- Noodle: is one of the simple dishes of Vietnam; however noodle of each region is different. With Pho Sai Gon usually consist of butter, soy sauce, pickled daikon sprouts and carrots, cucumber and coriander. The meat options are aplenty and a slew of them are listed here: fried fish with turmeric and dill, steamed pork roll, roasted pork belly, laughing cow cheese, pate, etc.

  • You can try Sai Gon noodle at Dau restaurant - 288 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, District 3 or Hòa Restaurant- 63 Pasteur, Bến Nghé, District 1
  • Price: VND 15.000- 20.000

Com Tam- broken rice: consist broken rice and served with many different meat options such as barbecued pork chop, shredded pork skin, steamed pork and egg patty or (fried egg.

  • Travelers can find many delicious broken rice in Phan Chu Trinh Street
  • Price: VND 25.000 – 30.000

Hu Tieu: consists of pork ribs as the main meat ingredient, each restaurant or stall features their own specialties.

  • Hu Tieu Hong Phat on Vo Van Tan Street
  • Price: VND 20,000-30,000

Travel tips

  • Take care with taxi or taxi motorbike scams and pick -pocket at bar or a supermarket
  • Especially bag/cell phone snatching on the street, don’t show off and watch out your stuff.

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